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ENDLESS SONG: PIANO ENCORES (CHAN 10826)
International Record Review, "Outstanding” accolade
Pianist Magazine, Editor’s Choice
MusicWeb International, Recordings of the Year
Classic FM, Featured Album of the Week

Like someone telling a story on the piano… a gem of a piano recital.
Pianist
She knows precisely what she’s doing, and does it with charm and vivacity to spare… the wonderful experts at Chandos were equal to capturing in full dimension every nuance and subtlety Fingerhut could devise for them… I would listen with pleasure anytime to her lustrous playing… You’re going to love this one.
International Record Review
This first-rate recital is a testament to her exemplary musicianship… I strongly recommend this recording. Margaret Fingerhut’s pianism is of the highest order. The disc is…a true pleasure.
Fanfare, USA
This recording is a vindication of her talents… She plays superbly… More Fingerhut on disk anticipated with pleasure and admiration
MusicWeb International
EDGAR BAINTON: CONCERTO FANTASIA (CHAN 10460)
Penguin Guide Award ****

One of the most radiantly musical of pianists, she plays with such alluring sensitivity and effortless command that one cannot help but be won over.
International Piano
The performances… with Margaret Fingerhut the agile soloist in the Concerto Fantasia, have just the right sparkle and elegance.
The Guardian
These performances vindicate the decision to revive the composer, with Margaret Fingerhut excelling in the concerto’s outpouring of lyricism.
Daily Telegraph
Margaret Fingerhut’s limpid pianism proves tailor-made for such a gorgeously lyrical, tenderly poetic and subtly integrated offering.
Gramophone
This is a concerto which immediately tempts one to return to it, especially when it is superbly played by Margaret Fingerhut.
Penguin CD Guide
ARNOLD BAX: WINTER LEGENDS, SAGA FRAGMENT (CHAN 8484)
Penguin Guide Award ****

Miss Fingerhut makes this piece very much her own…a recording that is unlikely to be supplanted.
Fanfare, USA
She gives a highly impressive account of the score…she copes admirably with Bax’s demands for a languishing Rachmaninovian manner at one moment, a pounding Bartokian percussiveness the next.
Gramophone
She proves an impressive and totally convincing advocate for the score…a quite outstanding disc.
Penguin CD Guide
An absolute must…magnificently interpreted by Fingerhut and the LPO.
Diapason, France
Instinctive music making, at once urgently committed and irreproachably sensitive.
Gramophone, Cover CD feature
ARNOLD BAX: SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS, MAYTIME IN SUSSEX (CHAN 8516)
Penguin Guide Award ****

One can say no better of Fingerhut’s playing than the piece has been waiting nearly 60 years for the sort of full-blooded performance that she gives it.
Gramophone
Its rescue by Margaret Fingerhut in this magnificent recording can only be hailed as a triumph.
Penguin CD Guide
The performance is excellent…Fingerhut’s sense of possession of these difficult and unfamiliar piano parts is extraordinary.
Fanfare, USA
Margaret Fingerhut’s playing is incisive and powerful.
Montsalvat, Spain
Fingerhut has temperament and taste…she throws herself enthusiastically into the music.
Hervormd, Netherlands
ARNOLD BAX: CONCERTANTE FOR PIANO LEFT HAND (CHAN 9715)
Gramophone Critics’ Choice
Penguin Guide Award ****

Margaret Fingerhut is the deftest and most sympathetic of soloists.
Gramophone
Captivating contributions from Margaret Fingerhut.
Daily Telegraph
This splendid Fingerhut performance brings a reassessment and the work’s strengths are revealed.
BBC Music Magazine
It is an intimate, poetic work, shown by Margaret Fingerhut’s sensitive playing.
Sunday Telegraph
The melodic and rhythmic riches are given worth by the abundant pianistic resources of Margaret Fingerhut.
Diapason, France
Excellent performance from Margaret Fingerhut.
Fanfare, USA
ARNOLD BAX: OCTET (CHAN 9602)
Gramophone Editor’s Choice
Gramophone Critics’ Choice
Penguin Guide Award ****

Exquisitely played…no praise can be too great for the palpable dedication and sensitivity of these performances…in every way, a delightful release.
Gramophone
Margaret Fingerhut revels in all its romance and passion.
BBC Music Magazine
This really is a wholly exceptional disc not just for the rarity of the pieces but for the outstanding quality of the performances and especially that of Fingerhut herself.
BBC Radio 3, Record Review
Dedicated and persuasive accounts by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble with Margaret Fingerhut.
Gramophone (Quarterly Retrospect)
LENNOX AND MICHAEL BERKELEY: PIANO WORKS (CHAN 10247)
Penguin Guide Award ****

I have known these pieces for more than 50 years and can confirm that every move she makes is utterly musical and idiomatic. The melodies are allowed to speak for themselves in the great pianistic tradition stretching from Mozart to Ravel… These performances confirm Fingerhut as an outstanding executant. She brings a wonderfully rapt pianissimo to the spiritual slow movement of the Sonata; effortlessly glittering passagework in the scherzo textures; and no exaggeration in rubato.
Gramophone
Margaret Fingerhut is an accomplished and stylish advocate; she is particularly eloquent in the dark colours of the Michael Berkeley, and she gives a penetrating account of the Sonata. For anyone interested in 20th century British music, this is warmly recommended.
BBC Music Magazine
The music is sheer joy for pianist and listener alike, and Margaret Fingerhut makes the most of the music’s lyrical quality; her touch is ideally suited to interpreting this very expressive music.
International Piano
For Strange Meeting and Lennox’s Sonata alone, this CD is invaluable. The fact that it offers more besides… lifts it into the category of essential.
International Record Review
Fingerhut is technically up to handling this material. Her exquisite sense of touch brings out a host of colours without over pedalling.
Fanfare, USA
As you’d expect from Fingerhut, this is a first class presentation of Berkeley’s music.
American Record Guide
Margaret Fingerhut… has both eloquence and authority. This is a fine survey of rewarding repertoire, as well played as it is recorded. Piano sound does not come much better than this.
Penguin CD Guide
ERNEST BLOCH: PIANO WORKS (CHAN 9887)
Penguin Guide Award ****

It is difficult to imagine it better played than it is here by Margaret Fingerhut.
Penguin CD Guide
Fingerhut offers the finest reading (of the Sonata) yet to appear.
Fanfare, USA
Margaret Fingerhut possesses a most supple touch and an affirmed sense of spatial sonority, harmonic resonance and silence, all of which make this CD pure enchantment.
Repertoire, France
Throughout this recital she demonstrates an acute awareness of dramatic pacing and of creating a real sense of atmosphere. A strong recommendation.
BBC Music Magazine
Margaret Fingerhut tackles all this rich-textured music with tremendous confidence and aplomb and the wide range of touch, colour and pedalling that it demands.
Pianist
Margaret Fingerhut’s noble tone and deep sensitivity make every piece seem precious to her.
Evening Standard
PAUL DUKAS: COMPLETE PIANO WORKS (CHAN 8765)
A distinguished survey, with the large scale sonata particularly authoritative. The scherzo is quite dazzling and the Lisztian finale very commanding indeed.
The Penguin Guide to the 1000 finest classical recordings.
This is a performance of great resource, variety of nuance and authority, which I cannot imagine being bettered by a French pianist…altogether a splendid CD.
Gramophone
Margaret Fingerhut plays it all with an imperious technique and displays tremendous involvement throughout – a magnificent achievement.
Hi Fi News and Record Review
This CD is a gem. This is piano playing on a grand scale, demonstrating excellent command of the material.
Luister, Netherlands
Margaret Fingerhut’s disc cuts a very fine figure in a discography of the highest quality.
Diapason, France
A masterly account.
Gramophone (Quarterly Retrospect)
MANUEL de FALLA: NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN (CHAN 8457)
Penguin Guide Award ****

Margaret Fingerhut’s playing responds splendidly to the changes of mood and has plenty of personality…very involving, indeed exhilaratingly so.
Gramophone
She displays plenty of color and temperament. Altogether this Noches rivals my special favorites, Rubinstein, de Larrocha and Haskil.
Opus, USA
It is her account which captured my imagination. With her unfailing attention to dynamics, her deftness and strength in the fiery passages and, above all, her sure sense of shaping and phrasing, this rivals the best in the current catalogue.
Hi Fi News and Record Review
The soloist responds chimerically to the changes of mood, playing with brilliance and power, projecting a strong personality, yet not missing the music’s delicacy.
Penguin CD Guide
EDVARD GRIEG: PIANO CONCERTO (CHAN 7040)
Penguin Guide Award ***

Margaret Fingerhut gives us a sparkling open-air account of this work…if you are in the market for a first class performance of the Concerto, then look no further.
Classic CD
The concerto allows us to discover again with pleasure what an excellent interpreter we have in Margaret Fingerhut…a powerful performance, weighty, utterly clear and forthright, without at all losing the poetry in the slow movement.
Diapason, France
Margaret Fingerhut gives a thoughtful and musicianly reading that holds a fine balance between the virtuosic and poetic elements.
Penguin CD Guide
Fingerhut has delicacy and grace, drama and intensity.
Fanfare, USA
Margaret Fingerhut gives a magnificent account, superior to other better known names.
La Vanguardia, Spain
This CD has given me a most pleasing impression, thanks to the impeccable work of the pianist Margaret Fingerhut. Her interpretation is one of great power, technically irreproachable and musically very poised. The coherence and the sincerity of the phrasing, the naturalness and freshness of Fingerhut, these are the outstanding qualities of this version, with an Adagio of great beauty and poetry.
CD Compact, Spain
HERBERT HOWELLS: PIANO MUSIC (CHAN 9273)
Penguin Guide Award ****

This beautifully played collection…these are fluent and affectionate performances…communicating real enjoyment.
Gramophone
Throughout this highly stimulating and enjoyable programme this fine pianist readily captures the composer’s moods, light or grave.
Penguin CD Guide
Margaret Fingerhut projects all these pieces with boldness and flair, emphasising their graphic references and quicksilver contrasts with a broad spectrum of tone and wide ranging dynamic control.
CD Review
The quality of this recording…with Margaret Fingerhut’s impeccable playing, is simply excellent.
Keyboard Review
This ideal introduction (to Howells’ piano music) can be recommended with confidence.
BBC Music Magazine
KENNETH LEIGHTON: PIANO WORKS (CHAN 10601)
Exemplary… Fingerhut plays with consummate skill and thrilling conviction.
Gramophone
Margaret Fingerhut’s strong and immaculate performances recall Leighton’s own powerful style as a pianist almost exactly.
BBC Music Magazine
Fingerhut is an insightful, sensitive advocate… this disc is a valuable resource demonstrating playing of verve and intelligence.
International Record Review
The performances throughout are quite excellent… huge demands on the pianist, all of which Fingerhut takes in her stride. A marvellous release.
classicalsource.com
KENNETH LEIGHTON: PIANO WORKS (CHAN 9818)
Margaret Fingerhut plays superbly; more than that, she is obviously thrilled by the nobly Bachian chorale at the centre of the Fantasia and exhilarated by the finger-twisting syncopations of its final fugue and of the fourth Romantic Piece. An extremely rewarding recital.
Gramophone
This is a well-chosen, well-rendered and well-filled anthology. Margaret Fingerhut clearly relishes the technical challenges, while never letting virtuosity get in the way of either clarity or musical sense.
International Record Review
This fine recital by the ever-adventurous Margaret Fingerhut…There’s enough music for Fingerhut to make a second CD, which I hope she will…this CD has been a revelation to me.
Classical CD Reviews, Music on the Web
E.J. MOERAN: RHAPSODY for PIANO and ORCHESTRA (CHAN 7106)
Penguin Guide Award ****

Moeran’s Third Rhapsody was first performed at a wartime Prom in 1943 with Harriet Cohen. I doubt if she played it as well as Margaret Fingerhut does.
Gramophone
The performances…with Fingerhut a brilliant soloist in the Third Rhapsody are absolutely splendid.
The Independent
Margaret Fingerhut a brilliantly spontaneous soloist.
Penguin CD Guide
Fingerhut’s performance is well studied and beautiful.
American Record Guide
The virtuosic solo piano part is expertly played by Margaret Fingerhut.
Sunday Telegraph
VITEZSLAV NOVAK: SONGS OF A WINTER’S NIGHT / PAN (CHAN 9489)
Margaret Fingerhut has a dazzling technique and deals well with the technical challenges. You will be overwhelmed by her brilliance. She also projects the beauties of the music nicely. The recording is stunning.
American Record Guide
More than a brilliant technique is needed…and Margaret Fingerhut is in splendid command throughout, even in the torrential closing section. In particular she has a keen ear for keyboard colour.
Gramophone
Margaret Fingerhut is on top of all the demands, musically and physically.
BBC Radio 3, Record Review
CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: CONCERTO NO.2 / VARIATIONS (CHAN 7099)
Penguin Guide Award ****

We must be grateful to Margaret Fingerhut for playing it so well.
Sunday Telegraph
Those who like to explore will enjoy this disc…with excellent performances by Margaret Fingerhut.
Gramophone
This affectionate performance…is played with great commitment.
Hi Fi News and Record Review
Margaret Fingerhut’s pianism is both powerful and limpid, with perfect articulation… most attractive.
Repertoire, France
Margaret Fingerhut is a first-rate soloist.
Penguin CD Guide
JOSEF SUK: PIANO MUSIC (CHAN 9026/7)
Penguin Guide Award ****

There’s fluency and delicacy as well as intensity, and Suk’s singing phrases breathe and aspire very naturally. This is appealing playing: plenty of heart, but tasteful, controlled, and deeply sympathetic to this composer’s idiom.
Gramophone
This generous two-disc selection gives a delightfully varied idea of his musical personality. Margaret Fingerhut proves a devoted advocate, playing with point and concentration.
Penguin CD Guide
Margaret Fingerhut’s always sensitive playing…persuasive…the intensity of feeling is affecting.
Classic CD
Margaret Fingerhut cannot be praised enough for this recording…she has much affinity with the guileless poetry of the earlier pieces, as well as with the whimsicality of the later pieces. It is obvious that a lot of love has gone into this project.
Luister, Netherlands
The young British pianist, Margaret Fingerhut, demonstrates to us that she is an interpreter of great sensibility…with a varied palette of dynamic nuances and colour.
CD Compact, Spain
ALEXANDRE TANSMAN: PIANO WORKS (CHAN 10527)
Diapason d’Or
Hats off to Margaret Fingerhut.
Diapason, France
Margaret Fingerhut is alive to every aspect of this multifaceted music, whispering its poesies and spurring its stallions as the moment requires. It was high time that a major record label and a musician of substance joined forces to do Tansman justice.
International Piano
Tansman could hardly have found a better interpreter than Margaret Fingerhut…a triumph of piano playing.
Pianist
Beautifully sensitive performances by Margaret Fingerhut… she is the perfect pianist for these idiosyncratically intimate works. Magnificent.
International Record Review
Fingerhut has an unerring sense of when to indulge the flamboyance, as well as of how to introduce a poetic quality without becoming unduly sentimental.
Gramophone
Her performances are beautifully accomplished throughout.
BBC Music Magazine
Margaret Fingerhut is a consistently sensitive, intelligent performer…this is easily recommended for both its music and its performer.
Fanfare, USA
PIANO MUSIC OF THE RUSSIAN MIGHTY HANDFUL (CHAN 8439)
Gramophone Critics’ Choice
This is a very distinguished debut recording…Margaret Fingerhut rises to every change of mood…her technique is wholly musical and she has an innate sense of rubato that allows the phrases a natural breath… she is revealed as a pianist of real range…Chandos could not have chosen a better artist.
Gramophone
The talented and sensitive young British pianist…her performances have freshness, vitality and considerable temperament…This is a most distinguished and interesting anthology and I recommend it unreservedly.
Opus, USA
The Mighty Handful in Mighty Hands”…remarkable talent and sensitivity…this resourceful performer commands attention right from the start…top marks to Miss Fingerhut and may she soon entertain us again.
Which Compact Disc
A splendid and promising debut.
Hi Fi News and Record Review
PIANO MUSIC OF TCHAIKOVSKY AND HIS FRIENDS (CHAN 9218)
She has a real understanding of the genre and can knock off the rapid fancy…as well as the dreamy meditation. Her greatest talent is for a flexibility of phrasing that always sings. These are in the best sense sympathetic performances and should give pleasure.
Gramophone
This attractive Russian collection is a worthy extension of Fingerhut’s catalog. Her rich colors and her firm concentration on melodic shape serves this heart-on-sleeve repertoire well… Recommended.
Fanfare, USA
All these pieces get a delicate sympathetic treatment in the playing of Margaret Fingerhut.
Keyboard Review
HOMMAGES TO HAYDN, FAURE AND ROUSSEL (CHAN 8578)
Gramophone Critics’ Choice
She shows a chameleon-like ability instantly to switch moods and tone colours; clean cut…rhapsodic…sparkling…energetic…subtly impressionistic…gravely reflective…a stimulating and most enjoyable disc.
Gramophone
Ms. Fingerhut’s sympathetic playing allows each work to speak for itself.
CD Review
She brings to her playing great natural authority and a welcome gift for vivid characterisation.
Hi Fi News and Record Review
An astonishing capacity to adapt herself perfectly to the character of each piece, all played with a profound and elegant technique.
Compact Disc, Spain
Margaret Fingerhut guides us around this pianistic gallery, worth every encyclopaedia, with much spirit.
Repertoire, France
"Margaret Fingerhut has an impressively powerful attack and real musical command."
- Financial Times
"The virtuosic solo piano part was expertly played by Margaret Fingerhut."
- Sunday Telegraph
"Fingerhut’s technique surfed easily through all. Endearingly though, she doesn’t put steel tips on her fingers and is daring enough to trust herself and her audience with passages of true pianissimo."
- Musical Opinion
"Margaret Fingerhut revealed a stunning brand of musicianship and a complete command of the keyboard."
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Highlights for me were Margaret Fingerhut and Katya Apekisheva playing Poulenc’s Elégie"
- The Sunday Times
"Margaret Fingerhut’s superb concertante piano.."
- The Independent
"The Falla – with Margaret Fingerhut articulating the guitar-like figurations of the piano part superbly – was crisp and incisive. "
- The Guardian
"The Maggini Quartet performed Elgar’s Piano Quintet with the excellent addition of Margaret Fingerhut."
- The Strad
"Her bravura had all the necessary sparkle and there was ample sensitivity too in the more reflective passages."
- Belfast Telegraph
"Soloist in Chopin’s First Piano concerto was Margaret Fingerhut, who provided an interpretation of melting beauty."
- Oxford Mail
"Fingerhut fully deserved the overwhelming ovation that greeted her at the end of her concert by the packed and overflowing audience."
- The Statesman, Calcutta
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Personal Touch,
International Piano, March/April 2018
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Rewind,
BBC Music, March 2013
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Looking for Elgar’s Piano Concerto ,
Piano Professional, 2007
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Shouldering On,
Classical Music, July 2007
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Putting your Left to Rights,
Pianist, 2005
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Lennox Berkeley’s Piano Music,
Lennox Berkeley Society Journal, 2003
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Recitals with titles,
Classical Music, June 2003
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Bax, blizzards and babies,
Classical Music, May 1994
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Out of bounds Cover
Feature, Classical Music, May 1990